April 28, 2016

A Healthy, Longer, Beautiful Life with American Heart Association!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Heart Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I want to live a healthier, longer life. Who doesn't, right? But it's not always easy to do the right things - eating right, exercise, and making sure that you and your family have everything you need to make those healthy choices!

Seven New Beauty Ideals from Happinez Magazine

I found this wonderful list on the Happinez Blog. Make sure that you head over there to check them out, and check out their awesome new magazine. Their message is SO IMPORTANT! In fact, this post is so good, I didn't want to change a single word of it, so I'm copying it verbatim.

April 26, 2016

Clean Green Beauty is Finally Real! Introducing Silk Therapeutics

This post brought to you by Silk Therapeutics. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.abeautifullittlelife.com/.

The products that you put on your skin are as important as the food that you put in your body. Finding a good skin care line that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives that actually works is totally golden. I'm happy to a new line of anti-aging products from Silk Therapeutics that is not only totally CLEAN but it's super luxurious! They use pure, natural silk in liquid form to produce a wonderful product that is perfect for all skin types, but especially perfect for those who have the most sensitive skin.

A Murder Mystery in Minneapolis...

So ever since I saw Neil and Sam on "Married at First Sight" go to a Murder Mystery Theater on a date, I wondered what it would be like... And when I had the chance to check it out for myself right here in Minneapolis, I said "Heck, yea!"

April 22, 2016

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

I consider myself to be extremely fortunate, (most of the time) to live in Minnesota, where we seem to feel a stronger connection to nature than many other places - especially in the Minneapolis area where, for an urban community, we are fortunate to have so many parks and lakes. 

April 21, 2016

Sometimes It Snows In April // RIP Prince

Today I mourn the passing of a Minnesota music legend. Prince Rogers Nelson passed away this morning at Paisley Park. This man's music touched my life in a unique and profound way. The lyrics to one of his most beautiful songs, Sometimes It Snows In April, follow.

April 20, 2016

Preparing for Earth Day with Tom's of Maine Made to Matter Collection at Target

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom's of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
image by Dana Gray

If you're a regular reader of "A Beautiful Little Life" you know that I am working to become more GREEN. Not just in the posts that I share, but in a very real way through the way that I live my life. I try to share resources with you when I can, and I've shared resources for green beauty, organic foods, and so much more. As Earth Day approaches, I have been thinking about what else I can do; what the next step is for me to clean up my act.

April 15, 2016

Beauty Reality Check // Stars Without Makeup Pics Prove That the Most Beautiful Women in the World Are Just Like You and Me!

I LOVE those headlines that you see when you're in line at the grocery store... The click bait you see on the celebrity blogs out there...


I'm pretty sure that the intention behind making these images public is to shame the stars, but to me they are SO amazing!  The reality is that the most beautiful women in the world are just like you and me! Give us a GLAM SQUAD that spends 2 hours on us and we could hit the red carpet with the best of them...

April 13, 2016

Taking Up A New Hobby // Vintage Tarot Sets

If you're a fan of vintage games and particularly table games - the chances are you're going to love vintage Tarot sets. The whole world of Tarot kind of lends itself to the vintage world given its mystical ancient nature - lost in the mists of time. What's more - they're a great addition to the look of a vintage queen looking for that mystical "Gypsy Rose Lee" or general ancient seer type of vibe; a great Tarot set really finishes things off to perfection - and allows you to foretell a few futures along the way.

April 11, 2016

20 Healthy Foods That Can Make You Feel Yucky

Swapping soda for a pressed juice. Choosing whole-wheat toast over white bread. Grabbing a fiber bar before a tough workout. These seem like smart, healthy choices, right? Then why is it that the fiber bar leaves you with a bloated midsection or the juice (yes, the one with all the fruits and vegetables!) has you feeling sluggish? Turns out sometimes eating good-for-you food can cause some unpleasant side effects if you eat too much or aren't careful with when and how you consume them. 

If you find yourself gassy, tired, or puffy around the middle, take a peek at what's on your plate—it could be that one of these 20 foods ahead is the culprit.

April 9, 2016

4 Bad Habits That Can Hurt Your Self Esteem

There so many things that we all do every day without even thinking about it. We get out of bed on the same side, we check Facebook or Instagram while we eat breakfast, we stop at the same gas station after work. Each day there are moments and things we do that present opportunities for us to do something that builds self-esteem or sabotages self-confidence. The more thoughtful we are, the better decisions we will make for ourselves.

April 8, 2016

Why Pearls Are Your New Best Friend

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friends, but pearls probably come in a close second. Pearl jewelry is ideal because it is so versatile. You can wear them with a casual outfit or to get dressed up for a date at a high-end restaurant. There’s no need to get nervous about wearing a pearl necklace even if you haven’t done it before. Here are three questions and answers to properly wearing pearl jewelry.

April 7, 2016

10 Indoor Gardening Tips for Spring

If your thumb could use a little greening, like mine, any tips you can get on how to bring some life to your living room are much appreciated. I recently discovered indoor-gardening expert and Isabelle Palmer, and her book The House Gardener, and I'm happy to share some of her inspiration for miniature gardens anyone can master.

April 2, 2016

Why Too Many Choices Causes Stress & How to Limit Choice

I have, in my lifetime, owned 3 burgundy colored station wagons/hatchbacks. Same color and same body style. Why would anyone do that? Because for me, the thought of having SO MANY cars to choose from is overwhelming and I'd rather walk. Finding a color that I liked and a style that met my needs freed me from having to make any additional decisions!